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Erastus Corning II Tower

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I loved the views of Albany!

This building features views from three of its four sides. One can see the government buildings... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2018
TennisStar602
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New York City, New York
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A quick lift ride to the top of the tower. A guide waiting to tell us about the tower and all we... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
740Elly48
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Melbourne, Australia
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This 42-story building was dedicated in 1983 to the memory of Erastus Corning 2nd, a long-time mayor of Albany who played a special role in the creation of the Plaza as the center of state government. The Tower is the tallest building in New York...more
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5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

The Corning Tower has a free observation deck that allows visitors to take in gorgeous views of the Helderberg Escarpment, Hudson River, and the Capitol District. Access the elevators from the Plaza Level and head on up!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank nybrewchick
Reviewed 29 October 2018

The tower. is on the Empire State Plaza and the view from the 46 floor of the surrounding area is outstanding. Best of all the ride up and down are free. The view justifies the 30 minutes or so it will take you to get...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank William B
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

This building features views from three of its four sides. One can see the government buildings, the Hudson River, and the various mountain ranges. The attraction is free, and it is very tall. The staff was very friendly.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TennisStar602
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Went on a glorious Autumn day. Views were spectacular over the city and beyond. And it is a free attraction, what more could you ask? Plan to take lots of photos.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Naomi H
Reviewed 18 October 2018

A quick lift ride to the top of the tower. A guide waiting to tell us about the tower and all we could see from the top. The circular tower gives a great view of the city and surrounding areas. Good for orientation and to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 740Elly48
Reviewed 10 October 2018

The Observation Deck on the Corning Tower is always a fun place to visit. I enjoy being able to look out over the city and surrounding area. Kind of a shame that there is no view to the west, but I'm not complaining. My visit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Livefire17
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

As a benefit to the Tunnel to Towers organization we climbed the 42 floors to the observation deck Gorgeous views!!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Radiomike33
Reviewed 26 August 2018

I have not been up to the top in years but it is a great view of the area and surrounding mountains that you should do if in the area. However, the location according to Bing is incorrect. It is located in Albany, NY perhaps...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jimlanman
Reviewed 20 July 2018

What a gem, and free to visit. Spectacular panorama of the city. Easy elevator access to the top and guides are there to explain places of interest

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Offering the tallest views outside of Manhattan, the observation deck of this building offers incredible views of Downtown Albany and the Hudson River. Located not too far away from the New York State Capitol & right next door to the Egg, admission to the observation...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Weldermike07
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Response from NYSCapitolVisit | Property representative |
The only way to access the Corning Tower Observation Deck is by elevator. The stairs are only meant for emergency purposes. The Observation Deck is open M-F from 10AM - 3:45PM. Visit ogs.ny.gov for more info or contact the... More
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